the financial crisis. unemployment, trade, protectionism, minimum wage, antitrust, innovation, growth, retirement, and education. the list goes on and on. what's more, there's no single right answer to any of these. i can line up reputable economists on both sides of almost any economic topic- sometimes three or four sides. as voters and citizens, americans seem to have a strong desire to understand these issues. but there's a big gap in economic literacy. journalistic pieces on the economy are accessible and easy to read, but they rarely provide the basic economic theory and principles. by contrast, most economic textbooks give the dry theory without much connection to current events. now, there are plenty of groups who deal with economic literacy for school children, like the national council on economic education. and college students, of course, get to take basic economics courses. but for adults who care about the economic choices that we make as a society, the options are much sparser.